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06-07-18 MAG slams total absence of leadership in the war on motorcycle theft
MAG has publicly condemned what it sees as a complete lack of leadership, understanding and vision by senior figures responsible for dealing with the epidemic of motorcycle and scooter theft. MAG has vowed to hold the government, senior police chiefs, and the judiciary to account for the deplorably weak response to this national issue.
 
21-06-18 The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) backs bikes for Clean Air Day
MAG has used Clean Air Day as a good opportunity to underline the fact that a shift from cars to motorbikes will help clean up Britain’s air, and is calling on all those who own motorbikes or scooters to ride to work on two wheels to help reduce pollution.
 
15-06-18 MAG encourages all bikers to ride to work
The third week of June is national Ride to Work week, which is run by the Motorcycle Industry Association and calls on all riders to try commuting to work on their bikes. MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, is encouraging leisure riders to grasp the opportunity and support the initiative to #CommuteHappy.
 
08-06-18 Off-road racing and riding could be banned unless YOU act
MAG has backed the Motor Cycle Industry Association’s attack on a European Commission edict that could end motorcycle sport. MAG is urgently appealing to riders across the UK to contact their Member of Parliament and help prevent the effective banning of competitive, off-road riding of all kinds in the United Kingdom.
 
29-05-18 MAG cautiously optimistic on Silvertown Tunnel charging ruling
MAG has been assessing the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport over the Silvertown Tunnel proposal in London. The applicant, Transport for London (TfL), had proposed high charges for bikers and these have been challenged by MAG.
 
11-05-18 MAG says fond farewell to Val Shawcross
MAG has expressed its gratitude for the progress made during the tenure of London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, who has announced her decision to stand down from the post.
 
30-04-18 Last chance to pre-book tickets as MAG revs up for a party with a purpose
MAG is gearing up for its annual Into the Valley rally, one of several key fund-raising events that take place during the year. The Into the Valley rally takes place this weekend of 4th – 6th May and time is running out if you want to book tickets in advance: the booking line for this event closes at midnight.
 
28-04-18 Highways England, MAG and others turn concerns into action
Highways England continues to be a role model for action following its Motorcycle Infrastructure Sub-Working Group meeting on 17th April 2018. Lembit Öpik, MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, regards this as ‘amongst the most productive project groups in our Political Unit’s calendar.
 
24-04-18 Riders call for common sense regarding crime and congestion
London demo calls on Mayor Khan and Government to come to their senses about motorcycle-enabled crime and unfair pollution taxes. The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) held their biggest demonstration in years last Saturday to highlight the unfairness of a new pollution tax that London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is threatening to introduce and which will hit some of the poorest workers in the capital.
 
19-04-18 Campaigners Vow To Shut Down Central London In Fight Against Pollution And Road Deaths
London’s motorcycling community is protesting against City Hall’s lack of action in respect to rising motorcyclist deaths and against the unfair Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) tax which looks set to make pollution worse
 
11-04-18 MAG meets West of England Regional Mayor in breakthrough summit
MAG met Mayor Tim Bowles in Bristol to ask: why aren’t motorbikes in his transport strategy? MAG’s Western Region Political Officer, Geoff Mills, teamed up with MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik, to meet the Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority, Tim Bowles.
 
04-04-18 MAG calls for greater partnership-working and tougher action against bike crime in the West Midlands
Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement for the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), Colin Brown, met Assistant Police & Crime Commissioner, Lynnette Kelly, this week to call for increased priority in tackling motorcycle crime in the West Midlands. Despite recent dramatic increases in car theft, motorcyclists in the West Midlands are still eight times more likely to fall victim to theft than car owners. Recent reports also demonstrate rising levels of threatened violence and actual assaults by thugs targeting vulnerable riders whilst on their machines.
 
28-03-18 They may be daft, but it’s for a good cause!
MAG will be hoping for good weather over the Easter weekend as riders set off on a lengthy fundraising trip. Around twenty intrepid MAG members hope to embark on a week-long adventure entitled ‘The Daft Way Up’ to raise funds for MAG and Macmillan Cancer Support. The trip will be self-funded, ridden on ‘inappropriate’ motorcycles and will take a week to complete.
 
23-03-18 MAG welcomes GLA Transport Committee bike safety report but slams ‘Third World roads in a First World capital’
MAG has praised the Greater London Authority (GLA) Transport Committee for their intelligent assessment of the shortcomings in London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s attitude towards motorcycle safety in the city.
 
16-03-18 West Midlands Bike Theft: Light at the end of the tunnel?
Freedom of Information (FOI) figures that have been received by the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) in the West Midlands are demonstrating a glimmer of hope for all riders in the region. Figures for the last quarter of 2017 show a 25% reduction in motorcycle theft in the West Midlands when compared with the same period in 2016.
 
09-03-18 Manchester revs up for Biker event
MAG, is pleased to be supporting the forthcoming Manchester Bike Show. Billed as “the number one bike show in the North”, Manchester Bike Show will take place at Event City on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018.
 
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